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Belarus President: Relations with Germany and Western Europe important

President of Belarus took a number of personnel decisions on October 25. When appointing new heads of diplomatic missions, Alexander Lukashenko stressed the importance of developing relations with Western Europe. Changes were made to the local vertical of power.

Denis Sidorenko has been appointed new Belarusian Ambassador to Germany. This is responsible position given that Germany is one of the main Western partners of the Republic of Belarus.

Germany is also the locomotive of the EU economy.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
Will Mr Sidorenko cope with the task? After all, there will be high pressure on him and the embassy. I mean we will demand revitalization of our relations. Not only revitalization. We will need a breakthrough.

Vladimir Makei, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus:
I want to say that Mr Sidorenko has always been able to find acceptable solutions. He will not be confused, he has iron character. And by the way you have told us to give way to the young.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
The main thing, as you say, is that this person has solid character, that he knows that he represents the country, the President and thus is a responsible person. You need to stick to the state's policy. We look at the turnover as the main indicator. You're not just the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, you are the ministry of foreign economic relations, so trade should be the basis of your activities. Therefore, you will have to represent our country but you will have to be responsible for particular turnover, since this is foreign currency, money, this is the main issue of the life of our state.

Three years ago, the trade between Belarus and Germany was almost $5 billion. Now it has fallen.

Still, Germany is among the top foreign trade partners of Belarus.

As a former Head of the Department of European Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Denis Sidorenko knows it well.

Denis Sidorenko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus in the Federal Republic of Germany:
The potential of this cooperation is very significant. And in general, as the ambassador of Belarus to Germany, I see one of my tasks in raising awareness among the Belarusian political establishment, including the business community.

Romania is another promising direction of the European vector of Belarus. In 2015, Romania sent an ambassador to Belarus, for the first time in the 19-year history of our diplomatic relations. Andrei Grinkevich has now become a new ambassador of Belarus to Romania.

Belarus President says relations with Western Europe vital